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RAID rebuild problem

I have had 4 RAID drives die within 3 months. 3 different makes involved. This is the current status...
1) Have just lost drive 3 out of my RAID01 setup, showed Error Occurred (0) in CTRL-I page
2) Replaced drives 1 & 3 so they are exactly the same type. (it still boots but is degraded)
3) Rebooted & it offered to rebuild the volume on drive 1 or 3.
4) Both drives were shown on CTRL-I page as Non-RAID disc.
5) I selected 1 since there was no way to select both.
6) The status then changed to rebuilding and drive is now shown as a member. So far so good but...
7) I rebooted expecting to be offered rebuiding volume again but just get normal CTRL-I screen with Non-RAID disc shown as disc 3
8) How do I get Disc 3 to be rebuilt? There are only controls for deleting or creating RAID volumes. It seems to think that there is nothing else to rebuild but I have 1/4 of the drive missing.


TPower I54 v5.1 socket 775 motherboard
Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID
Using 2 x 500gb Seagate drives 0 & 2
and 2 x 500gb Hitachi drives 1 & 3




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  • striplar Dec 11, 2008

    The problem appears to be that Quicktime and iTunes don't work correctly with RAID. Vista64 bit doesn't have any useful tools to handle RAID so download "Intel matrix storage manager" which updates the handler but also gives tools to let you see if any errors occur and how to fix them.
    Another post said to enable Volume Write-Back Cache on the main volume from this console. There are other posts about hard drives not implementing low power standby which is causing similar errors. Apparrently this is enabled by default in Vista but not in XP.
    What a nightmare, this was suposed to make things more secure. 

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Your NUMBER 1 ENEMY when doing multiple drives in a single case is HEAT!!!! Make 100% sure those drives are COOL!!! if not you will continue to have issues.

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